Since the 2004-05 season, ITG Heroes and Prospects has been a launching pad for many of hockey’s brightest young stars. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Alexander Ovechkin, Patrick Kane and John Tavares all got their hockey trading card start in Heroes and Prospects. For the 2009-10 season, In The Game brings collectors an opportunity to obtain the first cards for CHL rookies such as Shane McColgan and Daniel Cattenacci as well as the thrill of grabbing an autograph of various CHL and AHL stars along with some international prospects, heroes and AHL graduates.

Collectors can expect to find an average of two autograph cards per box.

Non-Memorabilia Inserts
The Hershey Bears – 2009 Calder Cup Winners insert set.
The Windsor Spitfires – 2009 Memorial Cup Winners insert set.
2010 Draft Picks
A redemption element
AHL All-Star Classic Legends.
There will also be the exciting and hard-hitting Enforcers insert set.

Game-Used Memorabilia Cards
There will be an average of two game-used memorabilia cards per box! As usual, ITG will be delivering colorful pieces of authentic game-used memorabilia including autographed versions of many of the game-used memorabilia insert sets.

Game-Used Jersey, Game-Used Emblem and Game-Used Number collections will come in Black, Silver foil and Gold foil versions and many of the players will also have a limited autograph version.

The Top Prospects Game jerseys will feature massive pieces from jerseys, numbers and emblems that were worn in the annual event which is for players that are eligible for the NHL Entry Draft. As with the other sets, each card will feature either Black, Silver foil or Gold foil and some players will have an autographed version.

Also back in 2009-10 are Prospects Combos which feature two prospects and another game-used memorabilia insert set is Hero and Prospect which takes legends and matches them up with young stars who demonstrate their qualities. Speaking of legends, be sure to look for Heroes Memorabilia cards featuring a piece of game-used memorabilia along with an autograph version. Gloves Are Off is back for another season as well.

One of the most treasured inserts in Heroes and Prospects is the Complete Jersey insert set that feature pieces of a game-used jersey, number, emblem and tie-down.

Some lucky collectors will also pull a Complete Logo card featuring the entire league logo from an AHL or CHL player’s game-used jersey. Limited to just one copy each, Complete Logo cards have become a cornerstone of many collections.

Finally, there is the one-of-a-kind Made To Order program. Some lucky collectors will be able to have a card made of one of their favorite players. It’s the ultimate one-of-one card that you create!

Release Date and Configuration
The 2009-10 edition of Heroes and Prospects from In The Game is set for release in January 2010. Each packs will contain eight cards plus a He Shoots – He Scores decoy in every pack. There will be 18 packs per box and collectors can expect to pull an average of two autograph cards and two game-used memorabilia cards.

In The Game Heroes and Prospects will be available from Canada Card World in January 2010.

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2009-10 UD MVP and Checklist

29 November 2009

Upper Deck has released the checklist for 2009-10 UD MVP which is just appearing on shelves in hobby stores this week.

2009-10 UD MVP Checklist

Typical Box Break Summary:
12 MVP Rookie Cards
A Two-on-Two Jersey card
1 or 2 Gold/Super Script parallel cards
6 Hart Candidates/Winners cards

Each case will contain a One-on-One Autograph card featuring such tandems as Gretzky/Messier, Brodeur/Fleury, Malkin/Carter, Staal/Kovalchuk, Ovechkin/Malkin and Nash/Toews.

All of the hot young rookies of the new NHL season are here as well with names like Tavares, Hedman, and Duchene.

2009-10 UD MVP is now available for sale at Canada Card World.

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Sunday Fun-Day Fun-Facts

29 November 2009

In 1989, Upper Deck sold-out of its baseball cards midway through their inaugural year and then pre-sold its entire 1990 baseball stock before the year began.

Although common practice today, the 1990 Upper Deck sets included the industry’s first randomly-inserted autographed and numbered cards.

With its 1996 UD Basketball, Upper Deck was the first to insert swatches of game-used material into sports cards.

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As the NHL season wears on, more and more youngsters get a chance to join the ranks of professional NHLers. This also makes it an exciting time for collectors as each new player means a new potential rookie card to collect. It also makes each new product that much more exciting to collect due to the increase in talented newcomers.

Brayden Schenn is the latest 18 year-old rookie to join the NHL after his Wednesday night debut with the Los Angeles Kings. Schenn, the fifth overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, was signed to a one-day emergency amateur tryout and placed on the second line with Alexander Frolov and Dustin Brown.

Schenn, a talented centre, began his major junior career with the Brandon Wheat Kings in 2007–08. He was Brandon’s first pick in the 2006 WHL Bantam Draft and finished his first season as the top rookie scorer in the WHL tallying 28 goals and 71 points, earning him the WHL rookie of the year. During his NHL draft year, Schenn was listed as the third highest prospect among WHL players in the NHL Central Scouting’s preliminary ranking.

Schenn, the younger brother of Toronto defenseman Luke Schenn, became the third-youngest to play for the L.A. Kings. He was one of the last cuts out of training camp and had 12 goals and 39 points in 24 games with Brandon this season.

Brayden Schenn is available in various In The Game products and his first official rookie cards will be available later this season in products available at Canada Card World.

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Those lucky enough to be present at the 2009 Fall Sports Card Expo in Toronto had the opportunity to be part of this historic moment.

How many collectors have seen a 1957-58 Topps unopened pack?

How many have then watched it be opened?

An exciting event and a phenomenal moment for all present.

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